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  • Arkansas House panel hears anti-abortion proposals

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House panel has supported a proposal for tougher abortion pill restrictions but failed to advance a bill that would increase requirements for abortion providers. The bill approved Tuesday by the Health Committee would override local doctors and require abortion pill providers to follow dosage limits and...

  • Democrats seek to expand medical marijuana in Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Senate Democrats are seeking to expand access to medical marijuana in Iowa so people with chronic illnesses could get the drug at a state-run facility. At a press conference Tuesday, Democrats discussed recently introduced legislation. It would make medical marijuana available to people with a number of chronic...

  • Raimondo announces her pick to lead state health department

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo says she'll nominate an assistant professor at Brown University and a consultant medical director at the state Department of Health to lead the health department. Raimondo announced Tuesday she'll ask the Senate to confirm Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott to serve as director. Current Director Dr. Michael...

  • Clarification: Vaccine Exemptions story

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story Feb. 28, The Associated Press reported that Washington, California and Vermont were considering bills that would remove either personal, religious or philosophical exemptions for vaccinations. The story should have attributed the information to Kristine Goodwin, a program manager at the National Conference on State...

  • Judge asked to delay medical marijuana permit in Kankakee

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago company that failed to win a permit to grow medical marijuana has a court hearing in its lawsuit against the state of Illinois. Attorneys for the company, PM Rx LLC, will ask a Cook County judge Tuesday for a temporary restraining order to halt the permit process in a region that covers Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee...

  • 3 officers in Skid Row killing had training on mentally ill

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The three Los Angeles police officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the Skid Row beat who had special training to deal with mentally ill and other people in the downtrodden area, police leaders said. But a rookie officer who cried out that the man had his gun,...

  • 'One-man health hazard' dentist sentenced in New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man who authorities said operated an unsanctioned mobile dentistry service in Santa Fe was sentenced to six years in prison after customers detailed his poor work. State District Court Judge Glenn Ellington called Mexican national Eliver Kestler a "one-man health hazard" to residents of Santa Fe. He was sentenced...

  • Hospitals report fewer uninsured patient at emergency rooms

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Emergency rooms are seeing fewer uninsured patients since the state expanded its Medicaid program to cover more poor adults, according to the New Hampshire Hospital Association. The plan passed by the Legislature last year made adults making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty limit — about $15,856 a year —...

  • Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics

    NEW YORK (AP) — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to convince more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. "I think we're all kind of frustrated," said Stephen Morse, a Columbia University infectious disease expert. "As scientists,...

  • Excerpts from recent South Dakota editorials

    Editors: Please note that The Associated Press welcomes editorial contributions from members for the weekly Editorial Roundup. Three editorials are selected every week. Contributions can be made by email at apsiouxfalls@ap.org. ___ Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan, Yankton, March 2, 2015 One of the more embarrassing and aggravating examples...

  • State hospital operators say Jindal budget leaves them short

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has built a $1.1 billion medical teaching hospital in New Orleans, but the manager of the soon-to-be-opened University Medical Center says Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget leaves it millions short of the operating cash it needs. Altogether, private operators of the state-owned hospitals previously run by LSU asked...

  • W.Va. governor vetoes 20-week abortion ban 2nd year in a row

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill to ban abortion 20 weeks after conception for the second straight year, saying it's unconstitutional. Despite the Democrat's disapproval, there's little doubt the Republican-led Legislature will override his decision and cement the ban into law themselves. Republican Attorney...

  • Veterans home to reopen to visitors after flu quarantine

    TILTON, N.H. (AP) — Visitation restrictions are going to be lifted at the New Hampshire Veterans Home following concerns over the flu. Visits were suspended on Jan. 23 after some flu cases were confirmed among residents and staff at the Tilton facility. It was a self-imposed flu quarantine to protect everyone's health. Commandant Peggy...

  • Collection of recent editorials from Oklahoma newspapers

    A collection of recent editorials from Oklahoma newspapers: ___ Norman Transcript, Feb. 25 — There are plenty of parents who will spread the word about the dangers of texting while driving. For many, unfortunately, it comes too late for their own children. Many who have appeared before state legislatures want to spare other families the...

  • Banner, University of Arizona health systems merger complete

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The University of Arizona Health Network's merger with Banner Health is now complete. The merger was finalized Friday, resulting in the creation of Banner-University Medical as a division of Phoenix-based Banner, making Banner the largest private employer in Arizona with more than 37,000 employees. Three hospitals have...

  • Liberia calls for Ebola 'Marshall Plan' to rebuild economies

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Liberia's president on Tuesday called for an Ebola "Marshall Plan" to help rebuild economies in West African nations devastated by the virus. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that "we need our international partners to remain committed to us," as the number of deaths from the disease approaches 10,000. Sirleaf told fellow regional...

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